The singer, as well as Depp’s ex-fiancee Winona Ryder, were due to testify over video in court today in defense of Depp, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. Their scheduled appearances have since been canceled, per a separate Deadline report. Instead, Depp’s former bodyguard, Sean Bett, took the witness stand in court proceedings this morning. This comes after Depp’s legal team decided there was no need for the court to hear from his former partners. The court has released both Paradis’ and Ryder’s statements from preliminary hearings.
The 57-year old actor was in a relationship with Paradis for 14 years, and they have known each other for 25 years. The pair has two children together, 21-year-old Lily-Rose Depp and Jack, who is 18 years old.
In her statement, Paradis said that she has been aware of Heard’s allegations against her ex for several years now and that they are nothing like the Depp she knows personally. She said that Depp was kind, attentive, generous, and nonviolent. Paradis also claimed that the actor was never violent or abusive toward her.
“I have seen that these outrageous statements have been really distressing and also caused damage to his career because unfortunately, people have gone on believing these false facts,” her witness statement reads. “On movie sets the actors, directors and entire crews adore him because he is humble and respectful to everyone, as well as being one of the best actors we’ve seen.”
She added that the allegations are upsetting because Depp has helped many people in both his personal and professional life with “kindness and generosity.”
Depp’s ex-fiancee, Winona Ryder, said Depp was as close to her as family when they were together. Ryder and Depp were in a four-year relationship and engaged from 1990 until 1993 before they split up.
“I understand that it is very important that I speak from my own experience, as I obviously was not there during his marriage to Amber, but, from my experience, which was so wildly different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him,” the Stranger Things actress said.
She added that Depp has never been violent or abusive toward anyone she has seen.
Depp is suing The Sun, the newspapers’ publisher News Group Newspapers, and Executive Editor Dan Wootton because of a 2018 article which claimed that Depp was abusive toward his ex-wife, Amber Heard. According to Deadline, the British newspaper is defending the article as true, claiming that Depp was physically and emotionally abusive toward Heard, especially while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.